NetApp Business Benefit of Cost-Effective, Simplified Data Management Rings "Loud And Clear" for Phonak AG

Sunnyvale, CA. - June 7, 2006 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Phonak AG, a world-leading provider of wireless and digital hearing aid technologies, is relying on NetApp NearStore® VTL technology to augment and improve the reliability and efficiency of its legacy physical tape backup process. Phonak AG, based in Switzerland, produces cutting-edge hearing aid technologies and products for professionals working with hearing-impaired people to increase speech understanding and easy and effective communication. The company selected NetApp NearStore VTL to benefit from cost-effective disk-to-disk backup and recovery and management simplicity.

NearStore VTL storage systems seamlessly plug into multivendor storage environments, appearing to be physical tape systems. Utilizing a NetApp NearStore VTL will help to significantly accelerate Phonak AG's backup and restore process, while greatly simplifying the overall management of disk-to-disk data protection.

"As a company, Phonak AG innovates to bring the latest advanced technologies to market that help people around the world hear better," said Stefan Eggenschwiler, manager Global Network & Technology at Phonak AG. "Accessing, backing up, and restoring data are critical to our ability to reliably meet service-level agreements with customers. NetApp provides us with the confidence that our data will be readily available when needed and that we have the flexibility to fine-tune our tiered storage infrastructure with minimal disruption to our existing IT infrastructure and processes, allowing for reduced management and maintenance. This means we can focus our resources and energy on continuing to move our business forward."

UP-GREAT AG championed the consulting and project leadership of the NearStore VTL deployment. Diwega GmbH drove the technical integration for Phonak AG's NearStore VTL deployment. Both companies are long-term partners of both NetApp and Phonak in Switzerland.

More details on the NearStore VTL, including how the solution achieves flagship performance and tape economies, are available at .

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